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Tranquill staying positive despite ACL injury

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Carroll senior sees Illinois scholarship yanked

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 8:59 pm

A freak injury suffered at the IMG 7v7 National Championships last month has clouded Carroll senior Justin Tranquill's future.

An ACL tear will cost Tranquill not only his final season of high school football and eliminate one of the area's most dynamic players from the Chargers' lineup, it already has begun to affect his college options.

Tranquill said Tuesday that Illinois has pulled the scholarship it offered in January, with the senior facing what could be a seven-month recovery process.

Tranquill is shooting for a rehab time of four to five months.

The injury came when Tranquill jumped to knock down a ball from a wide receiver and landed awkwardly on his right leg. It was initially believed that he was suffering from a slight injury, but when the condition did not improve on the way home, Tranquill sought additional treatment.

An MRI late last week indicated that he had a torn ACL, although no other damage to the MCL or meniscus was discovered.

“Obviously, it sucks the injury happened,” Tranquill said. “But you realize you can't do anything about it. You just have to be as positive as possible.”

While Illinois has pulled its offer, Indiana did contact Tranquill to inform him that its scholarship is still in play.

Overall, Tranquill is sitting on nearly a dozen scholarship offers. He is rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 8 player in the state of Indiana in the Class of 2015.

Purdue has an offer out to Tranquill, but he said the Boilermakers have not been in contact much recently.

Tranquill is optimistic that the injury will not seriously affect his recruitment.

“I know from film that I sent out, most colleges know what I am capable of,” Tranquill said.

The injury has sparked debate amongst fans on social media and message boards on the benefit of playing in 7v7 tournaments.

Carroll coach Doug Dinan declined comment on Tranquill's injury, while calls to AWP President Michael Ledo were not returned.

Despite the setback, Tranquill does not have any regrets.

“It was a freak accident,” Tranquill said. “I was out there playing the game I love, there is nothing to regret or look back on.

“It is an obstacle, I'm facing adversity. It is a good opportunity to show people how I can react to this.”